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Over the past few years a number of student internships have been provided in collaboration with government underwater cultural heritage management agencies such as Heritage Victoria, South Australia's Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Agency and the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service as well as museums such as the South Australian Maritime Museum. Other non-profit organisations have sponsored internships such as the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in Florida. During the internships, students are usually able to conduct research for their own studies.

On 30 March 2011 I began my internship position with the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in St. Augustine, Florida. Based at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, LAMP is one of the few independent maritime archaeological institutes not under the direction of a university or government agency. As an intern, some of my responsibilities and tasks at LAMP include boat maintenance, speaking at public events, investigating underwater sites, artifact documentation, marine remote sensing, and supervising LAMPS's annual summer field school. Throughout my internship, I will polish skills and techniques I learned during my studies at Flinders University while contributing to the maritime archaeological research of the water surrounding the U.S.'s oldest port city. Matt Hanks (MMA, Flinders)

Karson Wilson and I had the opportunity to complete a summer internship with the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) USA in 2007. We were actively involved in all aspects of the LAMP program including field work, community outreach and report writing. We had an opportunity to participate in the field work that was wide in scope and gave us experience across a range of settings from remote sensing sites, to surveying shipwrecks and inundated sites as well as learning to manage artifacts. St Augustine is the oldest port in America and the history and close link with the waterfront are imbued in all aspects of life in the area. It was a fantastic opportunity to get hands on experience and gain insight into a real life maritime archaeology program in a spot where the community interest in their maritime culture is so high. Agnes Milowka (GDMA, Flinders)

During the summer of 2004-2005, I was offered an internship co-sponsored by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. During the three months I spent in Tasmania, I was able to conduct research into various convict sites around Tasman Peninsula, as well as research and survey several shipwrecks around Tasmania - an opportunity I would not have had without the internship. I received a stipend for living costs and stayed in a cottage in the historic precinct of the Port Arthur Historic Site. This internship has certainly been one of the highlights of my postgraduate studies at Flinders University. Rick Bullers (MMA, Flinders)

I completed an internship at the South Australian Maritime Museum during the university summer break of 2004-2005. Under the supervision of curator Bill Seager, I assisted with the preparation of a museum exhibition entitled "Wrecked!" a thematic social historical view of shipwrecks along the South Australian coast. Some of the many tasks that I completed during my internship included: sifting through archives to locate primary sources, arranging object loans, writing exhibition labels and installing the exhibition in the museum. This complemented my research for my masters thesis "How are shipwrecks represented in museums?" The research allowance that I received during this internship provided for travel and living expenses over the summer break. I enjoyed doing my internship at the South Australian Maritime Museum, it gave me an insight into the workings of a museum and I was able to complete some of my own research at the same time! Peta Knott (GDMA, Flinders).

Masters Classes

In additon to the courses offered to students in the Graduate Program, regular extra-curricular classes on a wide variety of topics are conducted to give students a diverse range of skills to offer potential employers. These classes are not part of the formal course and participation is not compulsory. However, most internal students have found that participation in the classes is highly beneficial. Classes held over the past two years have included:
  • Basic Seamanship
  • South Australian Ketches Day
  • Geophysical Survey (magenetometer, GPR)
  • Underwater Photography and Video
  • Taking Ship Lines
  • Photomosaics
  • Advanced Diver and Rescue Diver
  • Senior First Aid
  • Dan Oxygen Provider
  • Mudmapping
  • Archives Day
  • Artefact Illustration
  • Ships as Material Culture
  • and many more....

Field School

The annual Field Schools are an integral part of the Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University. The field schools offer students the opportunity to learn all the basic field methods necessary to conduct underwater archaeology. To participate in the field schools, students must hold a Open Water Diver certification. Previous field schools have been held at a wide variety of locations including Port Arlington, Victoria; Port Victoria, Victoria; Wardang Island, South Australia, Port Arthur, Tasmania, and Mount Dutton Bay and Victor Harbour, South Australia. The field school is always held during the first two weeks of February in Australia.


The internationally recognized Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology/Nautical Archaeology Society (AIMA/NAS) four part training program is offered to students in the Maritime Program and interested individuals. Students are able to complete Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the certification during their degree. If interested in participating in the next AIMA/NAS course, please contact Mark.Polzer@flinders.edu.au.

Short Courses

Short courses are designed to provide intensive training in maritime archaeological field methods and techniques. They are typically field schools or intensive workshops run on a variety of sites around Australia. Anyone is eligible to apply for a short course - you do not have to be a Flinders student. There are no prerequisites for most short courses and we welcome applications from people of all nationalities and anyone over the age of 18. There are different costs associated with Short Courses depending on your enrolment. Short Courses run by the Maritime Archaeology Program include:
  • Ship Construction: Research, Recording and Reconstruction (1 week intensive)
  • Conservation Field School (1 week intensive)
  • Maritime Archaeology Field School (2 week intensive)
  • Practicum in Maritime Archaeology (1-2 week intensive)

Here is what a couple of students had to say about their experience with a short course:

My summer on Saipan is one I won't soon forget.  I like to tease my friends about the few weeks I spent on a lovely Pacific island, but the truth of the matter is the practicum was sometimes hard, and always rewarding work.  The opportunities to meet and work with new people, to experience a culture so very different from my own, and to study the island's history and archaeology first-hand, are just some of the things that made Saipan such a great experience. Rachel Katz (PhD student, Florida State University)

Undertaking the Conservation Field School on Underwater Archaeology Conservation as a professional development exercise provided me with a great learning experience and has emphasised the importance of archaeologists and conservators working together to protect our maritime material culture. From the classroom lectures to the field trip the course brought together my professional experience with hands on applications of new information and testing techniques learnt over the week. The knowledge of the lecturers was excellent, and over the week imparted valuable knowledge to us all, which has now given me the confidence and skills on how best to protect the material culture of underwater sites. Zandria Farrell (ArtLab)

For more information on upcoming short courses please contact: Wendy.vanDuivenvoorde@flinders.edu.au